As the Danish Tie Shawl is nearing the finish line I am thinking about what mindless shawl I can knit next. I have lots of beautiful lace patterns, but I am still in the “need to not think too much while knitting” frame of mind. I thought of Icarus, looked it up on Ravelry and see that it is in the Summer 2006 Interweave Knits. Okey dokey, I head downstairs to grab the magazine. Its not there! A few months back the kids were a little over zealous in their tidying up of bookshelves. When it happened I found some past issues in the recycling bin, I grabbed what I saw but I guess I missed a few. Bummer.
Any suggestions for a plan B?
While searching for the Interweave Knits magazines I came across a few Spin Off mags. Recent, but forgotten. I pulled out three issues and all three had socks on the cover. Woo Hoo! I opted for Summer 2007 and the fractal stripe socks. After reading the article I grabbed a braid of Masquerade from Dragon Fibers. When it was layed out I found the dying is more random than I expected. That means my fractal strips will be more random than stripey, but I am OK with that.
I split the braid in half and set one half aside. The other half I split into 4 pieces. Yesterday I spun the four smaller pieces.
This is a 60/40 merino bamboo. I am quite pleased. This is a new spinning experience for me. I will be typing that line for a long time to come. The fiber wanted a good amount of twist. There were places here and there where the fibers were not completely blended and when I came to those place the spinning was more difficult, the fibers were short and slippery. I do not know if it was a patch of bamboo or a patch of merino. Experience will tell me the answer. The next time I try this fractal thing I will split the other half into at least 6 pieces. Today I will spin the other half. I am doing my best to keep it thin. I do not have problem spinning then. I do however have a problem keeping my mind focused. I found myself composing the next chapter of the book while spinning. It is good that I have begun writing all the time, but bad in that my yarn is thicker in spots because of the mind wandering. I am expecting the ply to fix that.
As a former member of the music industry I have relied heavily on the phrase, “I will fix it in the mix.” Can I get away with, “I will fix it in the ply”?
Yesterday I finished the knitting on the Danish Tie Shawl. Today I hope to have enough sunshine to block it out on the deck. That would leave me the weekend to do the twisted crochet edging. I am more than a little worried about the my ability to pull off the edging, but nothing ventured....